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Poster: BornEasement Date: Aug 3, 2011 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Do You Like About The 80's ?

I object to your assertion that art and music are an acquired taste.

Art can be conceptualized as living between two paradigms... one romantic and radically individualistic, the other socio-cultural and broadly dependant on informative social constructs. Imagine two deadheads, one that talks about personal experiences of the divine at dead shows (a rather common anecdote) and another that emphasizes the community of deadheads and the essential value of the grateful dead's cultural criticism (a misreading of hunter's lyrics - but a common one).

Both these paradigms fail. Art and music achieve a broadening of conscious experience and expand an individual's capacity to approximate absolute vision of "being." This experience is reliant upon communicative systems- symbols, scales, chords, rhymes, etc. These systems, while often (though not always) dependent upon extracting emotions, work with varying degrees of clarity and complexity. More clear and more complex works, in my opinion, succeed more and are better remembered in the history books than their confused, simple counterparts.
I.E., there's a reason Raphael, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci are household names, and its not just the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Now, that's not to say that the variety of human experience doesn't play a role, or that artistic opinions don't vary. But a mozart listeners get more from mozart than gaga listeners from gaga. there's simply more there to get.

So, while I acknowledge the necessity of your observation, I just wanted to rant and ramble because I think there's a different side of that story.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Aug 3, 2011 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Do You Like About The 80's ?

That is a pretty insightful post into aesthetics, I think. Your comments remind me of something the great critic Charles Rosen wrote about whether or not Beethoven's reputation was purely a result of him being given privileged status, rather than any objective difference between his music and his contemporaries. Rosen wrote that you can argue about perceptions of beauty, but if you study the musical language in which Beethoven and other composers of his time worked, it becomes clear that Beethoven had a greater mastery of the language.